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It was 8/2/13. The thermometer is accurate. Based on everything i know she is at day 63. No vomiting, eating grass, or runny bowels.
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A dog’s normal temperature is between 101-102.5F degrees. Her temperature may rise and fall during this time, but once her temperature falls below 99 degrees and stays down for 12 hours or so, she should go into labor in the next 24 hours. The temperature drop is due to a reduction in serum progesterone levels and signals that the dog will start labor within 24 hours.
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You may also notice her breasts swelling during this last week of pregnancy and some milk leakage which I understand you have seen. Dogs will usually become restless and increase their digging and nesting behavior during the last week. You will notice an increase in her panting as well as a mucous discharge. You didn't let me know if you saw any vaginal discharge or not. You may also notice some abdominal contractions or rippling as her time grows closer. Do not be surprised if your dog is very restless and vomits as few times during this last week.
Once your dog's temperature has dropped, please do not leave her alone in case of complications. As she enters actual labor you should be able to see her contractions and most dogs will begin looking at their hindquarters. An increase of licking of the genitals is normal before and during labor. Be sure and have an emergency Vet’s phone number readily available just in case of an emergency during the birthing of the puppies.
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Some other signs that my dogs always seem to exhibit are lack of appetite, frequent urination and frequent small, runny bowel movements in the day before labor starts. Frequently my dogs will start looking at their rears when the first real contractions start.
Traditionally until your girl is 7 days over (day 70) we don't worry too much and at that point you would want to have her seen by your vet and discuss inducing labor. The reason we don't worry about her being late is because a dog's sperm can live up to five days or so inside the female before fertilizing an egg. So while the mating may have been 63 days ago, the actual fertilization may have been a few days later.
Also you should be able to feel pups moving around inside her. Put her on her side and feel her abdomen between her ribs and her hind leg about 7-8 inches down from the spine. Just rest your open hand on this area and you should feel some movement or kicks. this will have ensure that she did become pregnant.
However, dogs can experience false pregnancy where they gain weight, develop breast and even adopt pups when they would have had pups but aren't actually pregnant. Since she has bred before though, I would expect her to have become pregnant if a successful tie was observed.
If she had miscarried before now, you would have seen a discharge at one point of another that was bloody or dark, so I wouldn't worry too much about that.
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